Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New OECD National Comparison Suggests Canadians Have 'Better Life' Than Most

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New OECD National Comparison Suggests Canadians Have 'Better Life' Than Most

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Canada scores near top in 'Better Life' index

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OTTAWA - Canada is among the best places in the world to live, according to a new quality of life measure from a leading international organization that compared rich industrialized nations.

The "Better Life Index" from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development launched Tuesday finds Canada among the leaders in most of the 24 indicators measured, everything from hard data dealing with jobs and income, to perceptions of something the OECD calls "life satisfaction."

The index is scheduled to be released Tuesday but the data was on the OECD website Monday.

The Paris-based organization does not give an overall ranking, but if all the indicators are added up and given equal weighting, Canada would come in third behind Australia and Sweden.

Ironically, Australians don't see themselves so blessed. On the life satisfaction measure, Australians gave themselves a 7.2 out of 10, while Canadians were at 7.4. Residents of Switzerland topped the indicator with a 7.8.

"Canada performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being, as shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in a large number of topics in the Better Life Index," the organization says in its profile of the country.

"In general, Canadians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average, with 82 per cent of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones."

Canada's high ranking comes about because it scores inside the Top 10 in most of the major ones and above average overall among the 36 advanced countries studied.

Canada did rank first in a couple of minor sub-indicators. For example, with 2.6 rooms per person, Canadians are on average the best housed by that measure, and they are also among the safest, reporting the fewest assaults. …

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